Is it the Giro del Mendrisiotto or the Team L.P.R. Championship? After sweeping the top 4 spots in the 2005 edition of this UCI 1.2-sanctioned event, won by Marco Maccanti from teammates Contrini and Santambrogio, the Italian team took the laurels again in this Swiss race twelve months afterwards. And this time the man was Daniele De Paoli, back to the top of the podium at the age of 32, close to five years after his Volta a Catalunya 2001 winning solo breakaway, and giving his squad their third success so far this season, coming after Elio Aggiano's Tour de Langkawi stage triumph and Giario Ermeti's winning performance in another Switzerland-based contest, the Giro del Lago Maggiore "GP Knorr".
Despite not being picked by many as possible winner of the race, the rider from the small town of Sannazzaro 'de Burgundi (in the Pavia province of northern Italy) got into the right breakaway and crossed the line in first place, ahead of the Australian Adam Hansen (Aposport Krone Linz), with another Italian, the fast Ivan Fanelli of Amore & Vita-Mc Donald's, filling the remaining top three spot. And with a seventh place finish from Mattia Gavazzi making Team LPR's nice day even nicer.
De Paoli himself told a little more about the race dynamics in his after race interviews "I got into a sixteen-strong breakaway group, which contained also (teammate) Roger Beuchat. Late in the race four of us attacked the breakaway, but I was well aware of the fact I wasn't the fastest guy in the quartet. And Fanelli's presence there was dangerous. That's why, after an hectic string of attacks and counter-attacks, I put in a strong solo attack in the last kilometre, and managed to make it to the line. I'm very happy now, this victory means a lot to me, and I want to dedicate it to all those who've always believed in me, even when I went through difficult times in the past years. This success is a proper reward also for the Bordogna family (the LPR Team bosses) and their efforts, and a huge moral boost for a team that, after going through hardships recently, did need such a win".
Daniele De Paoli
Photo Courtesy Team LPR
66th Giro del Mendrisiotto - Top 3 Places:
1. Daniele De Paoli (Ita - Team LPR)
2. Adam Hansen (Aus - Aposport Krone Linz) - at 03"
3. Ivan Fanelli (Ita - Amore e Vita-McDonald's) - at 06"